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Updated: March 21, 2013 6:09AM

Kane-DuPage: District to present annual awards

Four awards will be presented at the 2013 Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and awards ceremony Thursday.

The goal of the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District Awards Program is to highlight the diversity of conservation and agriculture activities in Kane and DuPage counties and to provide recognition for these efforts.

The recipient of the 2013 Dick Young Award is Fran Caffee, who has been an active promoter of clean water and a healthy environment through her involvement with the Sierra Club, Valley of the Fox chapter. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate hard work and dedication to the protection of natural resources in the area.

The Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition will be presented with an award for excellence in conservation of land and water resources in recognition of the group’s dedication to protecting the quality of water within the Tyler Creek Watershed. This award recognizes individuals, groups, or municipalities that strive to preserve our land and water resources.

Cynthia Wendt, a teacher at Sheridan Elementary School in Elgin, will receive an award for commitment and dedication to conservation education in recognition of commitment to providing hands-on outdoor learning experiences for her students. This award recognizes outstanding efforts of those delivering conservation, environmental, or agricultural education to the public.

The John C. Biddle Award will be presented to Donna Lehrer of Big Rock, who farms eight acres of organic vegetables, hay, oats and also produces wool from their flock of sheep. This award honors an outstanding farmer, family, or partnership for their conservation efforts. These farmers are taking steps to protect water quality, save soil, and preserve our natural resources, the district said.

Elgin: Rose Reinert named center outreach liaison

Rose Reinert is the new Greater Elgin Family Care Center community outreach liaison. She will be responsible for community outreach, including building even stronger relationships with partners and the community as a whole, according to a release from the center.

Reinert has spent the past 10 years at Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, where she worked as program manager and then executive director and was instrumental in expansion of services and outreach. She has served as co-chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend, chair of the Kid Zone for the city of Elgin’s inaugural International Fest, and past president of Elgin Breakfast Rotary Club.

“Rose is a gifted professional who knows the Elgin community very well,” said center president/CEO Bob Tanner. “We’re fortunate to have her join our team and create awareness in the community about Greater Elgin Family Care Center’s highly accessible, high quality and affordable primary health care services.”

The center is a federally qualified health center, providing the full range of quality, affordably-priced primary care services to more than 30,000 area residents with almost 96,000 medical and dental appointments annually, the release said.

More information about Greater Elgin Family Care Center is available at

Algonquin: Shamrock Shave event scheduled

Introduced five years ago with low expectations, the Shamrock Shave benefit has quickly grown to become a major area fundraising event at St. Margaret Mary Parish. Recently, St. Margaret Mary was recognized with a Community Service Award from the village of due to the success of the Shamrock Shave event and its positive impact on the community.

On Saturday, March 16, organizers estimate that more than 50 men, women and children will shave their heads to raise money for community families in need and for cancer research. This year’s Shamrock Shave will combine fun, food, entertainment, and head shaving in an effort to raise money for two causes. All event proceeds and pledges will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, to support community families in need; and to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Last year’s Shamrock Shave event raised more than $34,000, with over 500 adults and children in attendance.

The event starts with a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage at 5:30 p.m. in St. Margaret Mary’s School Gymnasium and Cafeteria, with dinner proceeds also being donated to charity. Festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. with head shavings staggered throughout the evening. Stylists from local hair salons have volunteered to perform the shavings, and other local businesses are sponsoring the event with food and monetary donations.

Between the head shavings, local favorite and Summerfest veteran Katie Scullen will be performing classic and contemporary favorites. Mayer School of Irish Dance will also be performing.

Admission is $2 at the door for adults and $1 for children, and at no charge with a meal purchase. The St. Margaret Mary Education Center is at the corner of Eastgate and Algonquin Road. For more information, visit

St. Charles: Churches to host area blood drive

Hosanna! Lutheran Church will partner with Heartland Blood Centers from 7:30 to 11 a.m. this Saturday for an area blood drive.

Appointments are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. This drive is in cooperation with Rejoice and Bethlehem Lutheran churches. To schedule a donation appointment, visit For more information, contact the church office at 630-584-6434, email to or on line at

Hosanna! Is located at 36W925 Red Gate Road (entrance just east of Randall Road).

Elgin: Presentation set on native vegetation use

Carol Rice, creator and developer of a mentoring program for the McHenry County Wildflower Propagation and Preservation Committee, will be the featured speaker at Northern Kane County Wild Ones monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church at 12N462 Tina Trail.

This meeting is open to all interested persons. The committee encourages home owners to use native vegetation in their home landscaping. For more information, contact June Keibler at 708-846-1533 or go to

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